Friday, December 24, 2010

Leon the Lion!! ザライオンレオン!!

This is the story about when I met Leon for the first time!

First time I talked with him was at Men's EGG Night in Atom.
If you think we look really sweaty and tired here, it's because this picture was taken after about 24 hours of events/partying... XD

We kind of just stumbled upon each other and it was so much fun to talk with him from the first moment! =)
He was there with some people he had connected with at Mixi, and because he looks like an EGG model a lot of girls had gave him free drinks so he was a little drunk and super happy... ;D

But he wasn't hitting on any girls, instead he was going up to couples and told them how cute they looked together!! ^^

The next day we decided to meet in his hood Ikebukuro.

You probably heard somebody say:
"Girls don't dress up for guys, they dress up for other girls."

In Japan the same thing has happened to guys.
Leon works at a beauty parlor and wants to become a make up artist so he's always extremley fashionable.
Even though neither of us is gay, I always feel like I have to dress up extra when I'm going to meet him.

We started off by taking some Purikura.

On the first picture Leon wrote:
Kokusai KouRyuu Hajimemashita. (Warau)
= The International Exchange has Begun. LOL

Leon seemed really used to taking Purikura.
Me: -"How many time have you been taking Purikura!??"

Leon: -"About 700 times."

Benkyou Chuu = In the middle of Studying
Leon is studying English and I'm studying Japanese. :D

It was a lot of fun hanging out with Leon and I liked this picture so I tried
to make a painting of it as a present to him.

It started off something like that.

And ended up like this.
Unfortunatley Leon's chin got way too big, so it doesn't look much like him,
and my nose and mouth is too small. :/

The sketch actually looked better because I'm really bad at coloring, but it would feel strange to give him a sketch without colors.
Well, you learn from your mistakes, right? ^^

Bought a frame for it at the store Don Kihote.

When I was small I wanted to become a Disney painter and make Donald Duck comics. 
I think I've drawn Donald Duck 10 000 times or something...
So that's one of the few things I'm good at in life!! XD

Later I changed my mind, and rather wanted to become a "Manga-Ka",
someone who draw Manga comics. That's one of the reasons why I'm intrested in Japan by the way.

Anyway, back to the Purikura in Ikebukuro!

"Fika?" = "Do you want to go take a coffe?" in Swedish.
It's kind of a pick up line in Swedish that's mostly used as a joke.

Leon was really impressed how you could say all that in just the short word "Fika". =D

When we came out Leon noticed a tall white building he never seen before,
even though he's so much around here.

To celebrate this strange happening, Leon pretended he's Buzz Lightyear. ;)

Then we went to Shibuya and met up with Kenichi, Mr. Jakob, Anica and Reina.
When we were going into Shibuya to say hello to Jenny we got stopped by a Street Snap photographer from the magazine EGG.

You can read more about that in an earlier entry I made HERE!!

As I wrote in that entry they were also making some recording there for this band called Juliet!!
I had no idea who they were before I put up this picture on the blog and some readers commented and said it's a famous Gyaru music band called "Juliet".

I'm so happy to have such nice and smart readers commenting on this blog!!^^
Thank you so much for telling me who these girls are!! =)

Here's one of their music videos featuring three super famous Men's EGG models: 
Ayumu Satoh, Tanaka Daichi and Yukihide.

Then we went for some Karaoke.

Leon used to dream about becoming a musical artist.

After we're done with the Karaoke, Mr. Jakob asks Leon if he has Facebook.
Leon looks really confused for a long time and then he pulls up a package of "FRISK-mints" from his bag and asks:

-"Is this what you mean??"


I almost laughed myself to death...
I can't understand how most Japanese don't know what Facebook is.
I mean, it's like the biggest thing since Internet or something.

This was also the first time Leon ever hanged out with non-Japanese people.

Sometimes hanging out with Gyaru people kinda feels like visiting some isolated Indian-tribe that never had contact with the world outside,
if you understand what I mean... ;D

We had a small "Goodbye-party" for Reina and Mr. Jakob which was leaving us for today. 
Lloyd(right) joined us and we took some more Purikura.

For some reason Leon thought that Lloyd looks like the Pokémon Metamon
which he made very clear to everybody... XD

For the second time today, me and Anica laughed ourselves to death... :D

Later Leon bought this book to learn more English.

Leon wrote a long entry about this day in his Mixi diary and was really happy for his new friends. 
During the day Leon told me I looked like I was sad inside because of something, so he thought I should let my feelings out for my friends more.

After writing a lot in Japanese he wrote this in English to Jenny, Mr. Jakob, Anica, Lloyd and me.

"You'll never be perfect, and
I don't wont you to be.
I like you just the way you are.

A friend is someone who laughs
when your jokes aren't good
and listen when your problems are bad.
Because no matter how dark things get, remember this:

I care about you.

Seeing you smile always bring me joy."

The next day in school we were supposed to write a text with the theme:
"What animal would you like to become?"

I don't really want to become any animal so inspired by Leon I choosed "Metamon" as my animal,
since he can transform himself into anything. :P

Everybody thought I was cheating since Metamon is a monster and not an animal...

I asked Leon what animal he would like to become.

Leon: -"A Lion of course!! That's why my nickname is Leon, 
which means Lion!!"


  1. He sounds like a really cute and nice person :)
    That's a friend you should hold on to.

    Really nice blog, it's very fun to read about your japanlife :) (I have always wanted to go to japan)

    Have a nice day! And Merry Christmas!

  2. ...I already wondered why he's called Leon, but now THAT makes sense (=3=) Leon the Lion. (my brother's name is Leon.. lol XD)
    Nice entry!

    And merry Xmas!

  3. OMG I love Leon!!! His personality is so cute!!! And he seems to like you a lot!! ^o^

  4. The purikura and photos look so great as usual!~

    I saw that snap of you in the January Egg today! I showed it to my mom and said "I know him, I read his blog! And maybe I can meet him in Tokyo!!" haha XD I'm a nerd!

  5. cute story of your friendship :3

  6. メリークリスマス!

    this story is awesome xD
    youre all so cute! everyone seems to have such a nice character!
    i just love you all xD

    please write more, this blog is soo cool!

  7. aww you always have so much fun!!! I´m jealous!! haha you´re so cute ^^ and I always love your posts!! Leon seems a nice and funny person to meet :D you´re so lucky for having such good friends!!xx

  8. Hi!
    I must say your blog is really interesting and today is the first time I read your blog^^ But I will continue reading it because it's very nice and you seem to be a very friendly person too, which is important for me to follow a blog^o^/ So please keep up the good work =D

  9. Your friend Leon sounds like a sweetie and a quality friend :) hold onto him ne

    I've just been reading your blog and I'm full of jealousy :(
    Living in Japan, getting photos taken of you for magazines and hanging out with EGG models, ahhh, you're unbelievably lucky!

  10. Hi! I recently found your blog somehow and I like it. I find it really interesting and as a fellow swede, I think it's brave of you to join a subculture in a country with a completely different culture.
    Keep it up, and I'll continue to read your blog.

  11. How old are you by the way? :)
    i'm quite curious as to how old you and your gyaru friends are, i can't tell ^____^"

  12. Anonymous:

    Both me and Leon is 22 years old and the rest of the people is mostly in the ages between 18 and 24 I think.
    But there's both younger and older people as well in this blog!

    I mean, people in Japan never grow up and everybody wants to escape reality you know, and thats what I love!! ;)

  13. Thank you all for your comments!!!!!!!!!! ^^

    I just can't believe how everybody can be so nice!! (and look so cool)
    Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!!!!

    The best part with this blog has definitley been all you amazing readers with nice and smart comments!!!^^

    One of the reasons I started this blog was to get in touch with other people that like Japanese stuff/fashion or anybody that find it intresting.

    I'm sometimes really slow at answering comments because I want to do it properly but I read everything I get and appreciate it sooo much.=)

    And if anybody ever wanna join on some event, meet-up or just hang out you're more than welcome!! =D

    Just send me a mail:

    EGG Youth Party on January 9 by the way!! Yaaaay ;D

  14. Awwwww, this is such an adorable post! ^^

    Hoppas du har det fint hemma över julen och nyår också!

  15. zoe:

    Thank you for that comment!!
    Sometimes it has been feeling hard being one out of very few non-Japanese among the Gyaru-people since everything is so different as you say.

    But that's also what makes it so exciting and fun I guess!
    Most of the people are really nice once you get to know them, otherwise I think it would never work.

  16. Ri:

    Tack!! Hoppas du också har det bra! =)

    Såg att du har en blogg som heter "Nandeyanen" heheh. Grymt namn!!!^^

    Du bor i Japan eller??
    Adda mig gärna på Facebook om du har lust att hänga eller komma på nåt event någon dag!

    Facebook: Fredrik Lyck

  17. I liked this story :D Thanks for sharing it!
    kinda late, but naaah.... Happy New Year! ^^